|The Union of Superiors General (USG), made up of the major superiors of orders and congregations of men religious in Western Europe, held its 97th Assembly at Domus Fraternitas (sp) in Sacrofano, outside of Rome, from Wednesday 25 May through Friday 27 May 2022. The meeting was attended by almost 100 general superiors representing institutes based in Italy, Spain, France, and Austria.
As those who are familiar with Solidarity with South Sudan will know, the USG is one of our two major sponsoring entities in the Catholic Church. The USG Assembly, held in November and May, gives the staff of our Rome Office the opportunity to interact with the general superiors, bringing them up to date on our initiatives in South Sudan and encouraging the continued involvement and support of their institutes in the important work being done for the people of South Sudan.
This past May, the theme of the assembly was “Synodality for Mission”. As many of our readers will know, “synodality” is an important concept in the Church both historically and in our present moment, as it is an ancient concept that the Holy Father Pope Francis is encouraging us to recover for the good of the Church in our present day. “Synodality”, from the Greek, means to “journey together” and the point of synodality is to converse together in order to discern, not the will of a democratic assembly, but rather the will of the Holy Spirit for the people of God.
The USG assembly presented us with a number of speakers who addressed the question of “synodality for mission” from their various perspectives. Along with stimulating presentations, there were rich table conversations, times for prayer and Eucharist, delicious meals, and other opportunities for conversation and building relationships.
14 June 2022
Fr. David, Mission Promoter
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